Our Human Inheritance

by Bill McKibben

We all happen to be alive at an extremely interesting moment—the exact moment when human beings have grown so large that they’ve begun to affect everything around them. Human civilization—the period we have records for, when people lived lives somewhat like our own—stretches back about 10,000 years. Scientists call that period the “Holocene.” The earth’s

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Birds Mirrored

by Victoria Krylova

Birds stand for freedom: Canaries thrive in someone’s heart; Seagulls teeter over the rocks, riding The resilient wings of wind Birds stand for victory, Ravens sweeping past flaming tares Eagles swooping over the mountain peaks; A ride on the wings of hawks Birds stand for joy, The plumage of camouflaged cranes, The hymns of cardinals,

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Our World: An Interdependent Web

by Anna Zimmer

I was not raised in a family where religion played a big role. I have always known that both my parents were Christians at one point in their lives, but they drifted away and by the time I was born, they were both atheists, happy to have their Sunday mornings free of commitments. When I

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Ode to Smog

by Nathan Zhang

Oh, Smog Thank you for keeping us inside Preventing wicked physical activity from its stride For coloring the world with your lovely grey sky And freshening the air with a high AQI.* Look at the wonderful PM 2.5 particles in the air Common in China, not so rare elsewhere And you have a delightful smoky

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What is Our Relationship to the Earth?

by Maria Christian

Late April, 2010. I am lying on my back. We are so high up in the mountains that the snow is nowhere near melting. Back home the temperature is in the low 80s. Up above us the stars are blinking, cold and clear, in the black sky. I am 10 years old. As my teacher

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A Review of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

by Skyler Sallick

Close your eyes and envision what you ate for your last meal: whether cornflakes for breakfast, a turkey sandwich and chicken soup for lunch, or a juicy cheeseburger for dinner. Now try to pinpoint the starting locations of each aspect of the food you consumed. Challenging, isn’t it? Uncertainty about where our food comes from

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The Flood of 2010

by Mustafa Khan

I was 12 years old, in July 2010, when my country was flooded by the Indus River due to turbulent monsoon rains. It was an ordeal to turn on the television every day and see the devastation. I felt impotent and useless. Though I was unharmed and sheltered at my house, watching the tragic event

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Our Warming Climate

by Global Youth Voices

In the 11th century, there once lived a shepherd named Hari. He lived a happy life with his wife and two children in Kashi, India. Every day he took his sheep to graze. The climate of the 11th century was very nice. Flowers blossomed during spring; there were pleasant rains and energizing sunlight in summers.

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by Victoria Rathernottell

Blue is vastness The sea drooling Waves crashing against rocks My mirrored image staring at me From moonlit ocean tides Blue is hope, rejuvenation Owls screeching, snow melting Trees sprouting in the plain Sparrows painting twilight Stars flourishing; the moon chanting Someone falling into the sky Blue is peace Deer skipping through pools of diamonds

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Here Comes Winter

by Angela Nguyen

Sometimes, Winter is an old man, hobbling along slowly, spreading only a thin layer of snowy powder, like dandruff, from the tip of his knobbly cane to the cracked pavement. Old Man Winter, his tenuous grasp on the season breaks easily with the swift and spritely step of Spring. Other times, Winter is a young

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